Well, our Bandit trilogy night is behind us, and it certainly will live on in our memories for a long time to come (especially part 3, no matter how hard we try to erase it : ) For those of you who missed it, it was quite an experience. After viewing Bandit 1, which everyone thoroughly enjoyed, Rob and I were feeling a little guilty about subjecting the crowd to parts 2 & 3. As such, we gave the audience an alternate choice in the form of The Blues Brothers (in keeping with the car chase theme). In a shocking development, the audience voted almost unanimously on watching Bandits 2 & 3. It takes something special to surprise this member of Team Fantasmo (e.g. The Apple), but I was left speechless. While I was utterly impressed by the bravery and reckless abandon of the vote, I was simultaneously horrified that we were actually going to have to soldier on through Bandit 3. We made it, but I can honestly say I never need to see Bandits 2 & 3 ever again (and I plan to make good on that). Fortunately, our next Fantasmo will go a long ways toward eliminating the aftertaste of Episode 29!
For our 30th outing, we’ll be getting back to basics and screening two horror classics, featuring the legendary Vincent Price. The first film, Masque of the Red Death, is a Poe adaptation directed by none other than B-movie maestro Roger Corman. It’s a surprisingly polished affair, and features terrific cinematography by Nicolas Roeg (The Man Who Fell to Earth, Don’t Look Now). Great stuff! Perhaps even more exciting is our second feature, Witchfinder General (aka Conqueror Worm) which arrives in a newly restored version. I’ll be writing about this at length as we near the event, but suffice it to say you don’t want to miss this film on the big screen! Here are the vital statistics:
When: Friday, October 5
Where: Chesapeake Central Library
8:00 P.M. – Masque of the Red Death (Not Rated)
9:45 P.M. – Witchfinder General (Not Rated)
Also, don’t forget we have Monster Fest coming up on October 13. It’s a daylong horror convention held here at Central Library from 9-5. Following the convention, we’ll be hosting an all-night Fantasmo Horrorthon starting at 8:00 p.m. (ending at dawn). There’s going to be a lot of great films this year, and a few surprises. More details will follow soon, so keep watching the blog!